Note: This page is for pitcher Caleb Smith who made his major league debut in 2017; for others with the same name, click here.
Caleb Anthony Smith
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 205 lb.
- School Sam Houston State University
- High School Huntsville (TX) High School
- Debut July 17, 2017
Caleb Smith was charged with a loss in his major league debut for the New York Yankees on July 17, 2017. Facing the Minnesota Twins, he replaced starter Bryan Mitchell in the 6th inning with the Twins leading 2-1, but the Yankees tied the game in the bottom of the frame. He had pitched a perfect 6th, and followed with a perfect 7th as well, but in the 8th, he gave up back-to-back singles to Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano, and after one out, a single to Eduardo Escobar and a double to Eddie Rosario that resulted in two runs for a 4-2 loss.
He had been drafted by the Yankees in the 14th round of the 2013 amateur draft. The Milwaukee Brewers selected him in the 2016 Rule V Draft, then immediately traded him to the Chicago Cubs. He failed to make the Cubs' team out of spring training in 2017 and had to be offered back to the Yankees as a result. He began the season with the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders before being called up to the Show when the Yankees played a 16-inning game followed by a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox in a span of two days, exhausting their bullpen corps. He pitched 9 times for the Yankees, going 0-1, 7.71. Two of his appearances were as a starter, and he logged 18 2/3 innings. In the minors, he went 9-1, 2.41 in 19 games (17 starts) between the AA Trenton Thunder and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, striking out 102 batters in 100 2/3 innings.
On November 20, 2017, he was traded to the Miami Marlins along with 1B Garrett Cooper in return for minor league P Mike King and international bonus pool money. On April 29, 2018, he earned his first major league victory when he defeated the Colorado Rockies, 3-0, allowing 2 hits over 7 innings, striking out 9 and walking 1. He went 5-6, 4.19 in 16 starts, pitching 77 1/3 innings, but he was placed on the disabled list on June 25th with a grade 3 left lat strain, and it was likely that he would be unable to return until the following year given the severity of the injury. At the time of the injury, he was leading all major league rookies with 88 strikeouts.